NORWICH, Vt. -
In the basement of her Norwich home Paula Alexandrescu stays connected to her roots.
She hand makes specialty chocolates for her business, My Brigadeiro.
"Brigadeiro is a popular chocolate in Brazil," Alexandrescu said.
Alexandrescu is from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil where brigadeiros are part of the culture and she's on her way to turning them into a staple here in the U.S. So what does a brigadeiro taste like?
"Some people describe it as a cross between fudge and truffle," said Alexandrescu.
The mixture starts with a base of milk, sugar, butter and organic chocolate. Some are then flavored, slowly cooked and rolled into bite-size balls.
The velvety smooth luscious treats come in 36 varieties from chocolate and cappuccino to sake and wicked hot.
"I find that it's so relaxing. I love making this chocolate, it makes me happy. It gets me into Zen mode," said Alexandrescu.
Alexandrescu had always made brigadeiros as birthday treats for her three kids, but it wasn't until her oldest, Gabby, was sick that she decided to turn her passion into a business.
"She got diagnosed with a severe case of scoliosis and it was very stressful for my family," said Alexandrescu.
A friend told her that she should sell the confections to take her mind off the situation. It was a bittersweet time, but her business quickly became a success and then Gabby made a full recovery.
"I know how hard it was for her when I got diagnosed, so I was really happy she found something to get her mind off things and she's still doing it so it’s going good," said Alexandrescu.
My Brigadeiro is on a roll. From delicious gifts to wedding dessert tables, Alexandrescu ships them all over the U.S. She sells them in nine retail stores and is opening her own chocolate shop in Hanover, N.H., in July. Prices vary, but ordering 16 online will cost you around $36. It's less expensive if you pick them up in person.
Reporter Gina Bullard: What’s your favorite brigadeiro that you make?
Paula Alexandrescu: Mine is the noir because I'm a plain chocolate kind of person.
The bite-sized treats will satisfy any craving and at 50 calories a piece, I think it's OK to have a few.
"We're in the right state to be making something so unique. I don't think if i was anywhere else I would be so successful so quickly," said Alexandrescu.
Beautiful and delicious treats that are Made in Vermont.
For more information on where you can find My Brigadeiro click here.